Pesto is a favorite pasta topping that is usually made with basil. We found a great recipe that combines the spring spicy green “arugula” with basil. This is an easy to grow from seed green that adds a new twist to the traditional pesto. Pesto can be used for more than just pasta. Try it on pizza, or in a veggee stir-fry or on roasted veggee sandwich instead of mayonnaise. It is delicious any way you use it. Enjoy:)
ARUGULA AND BASIL PESTO
4 cups arugula leaves
1 cup lightly packed basil leaves
3-4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp pine nuts
¼ tsp salt
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup grated romano cheese (optional)
Fresh ground pepper
In a food processor, combine the arugula, basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt. Process to coarsely chop. Slowly add the oil, and pulse until the mixture is smooth.
*Mix with cooked whole wheat linguini, top with cheese if desired and fresh ground pepper.
* Use as a base for homemade pizza instead of tomato sauce or in combination with tomato sauce
* Make a vegee stir-fry, serve on rice and mix in pesto sauce to taste. Yum!
*You can vary the taste by changing the ratio or arugula to basil.